Nissan’s Aggressive Winter Warriors are Awesome
What do you get if you stick heavy-duty custom snow tracks on three Nissan crossovers? The Winter Warriors…
Depending on where you live, snow may or may not be an issue each year. But if you follow the news in the US, you’ll have seen that they’ve had their fair share over there recently. It’s a reality that Nissan has seized upon with its latest
publicity stunt concept reveal.
To make them really stand out and add some winter weather functionality, Nissan has fitted three of its US-spec all-wheel-drive vehicles – the Murano, Pathfinder and Rogue – with some awesome-looking, snow-shredding tracks. The result is three vehicles that are part crossover part snowmobile and are known as the Winter Warriors.
According to Nissan, these one-off versions were created primarily for the Chicago Auto Show and feature custom heavy-duty track systems from American Track Truck Inc., which have custom matte black frames. Each of the Dominator tracks is 48-inches long, 30-inches high and 15-inches wide. They replace the wheels and tyres, but modified wheel arches and suspensions were required to accommodate them. Otherwise, everything else on the Winter Warriors, including engines and drivetrains, is standard.
Christian Meunier, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan North America, Inc., said: “Rogue, Murano and Pathfinder are proven all-wheel-drive crossovers that are very popular with customers, judging from exceptional sales results in 2015 and now in January 2016.
“With the Winter Warriors, we wanted to take that idea to the extreme, enhancing the vehicles’ advanced systems with special snow tracks, Genuine Nissan Accessories, and a custom exterior appearance.”
Nissan SUVs and crossovers have witnessed record sales in recent years, with Murano sales increasing by 33% in 2015 alone. Last year, the Rogue also set an all-time sales record of more than 287,000 units, which is an increase of 44% over the previous year.
And it doesn’t look like those trends are showing any sign of slowing up soon. Already in 2016, the Pathfinder, Rogue and Murano have seen sales increases of 5%, 26% and 46% respectively.
See the Winter Warriors in their full glory in this promotional video from Nissan: